Dear community members,

Last Friday, a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, acquitted a man of murdering two people and injuring a third during the protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man.

I want to acknowledge the emotions that are present in our community in response to this verdict. Many of us are feeling hurt, anger, and a longing for an improved justice system.

Events like this recall a long list of past injustices and gun violence, and they are a painful reminder of how far we must still go to make real and lasting change in our world — change that values Black life, centers equity, and demands social and racial justice.

This case illustrates racism is fundamental to the laws, institutions, structures, and systems of our country. Not being racist is an inadequate response.

Our community at Metro and across King County must choose each day to be actively antiracist in order to create a more beloved tomorrow.

I appreciate you,

Terry White

General Manager, King County Metro